Chinese GP Organisers Confident Race Will Go Ahead

Chinese Grand Prix organisers are confident that they will be able to meet the requirements to host this season’s race in April.

The Chinese Grand Prix is set to be the fourth race of the 20-race season on April 17th. However the race will only go ahead if the circuit if granted a new license by the FIA.

“The Shanghai International Circuit has confirmed that all work as requested by the FIA will be carried out and should be completed by the end of February,” a spokesperson said.

“Before a new licence can be issued, the FIA will carry out a final inspection in March.”

The Shanghai International Circuit, built at a cost of $350 million (R2.4 billion), has so far held seven Formula One races. However it’s homologation licence has now expired and the FIA is requesting that several improvements be made to the drainage system and track surface before they will issue a new license.